Command of the Language - 07/23/14

  If you have children, you know how exciting it is to see them learning new words and demonstrating a command of the language.  For the past couple of days when my five year old and I have been out, he has asked me whether cars near us are more expensive than mine. 
  At first blush, you're thinking ok, what's this all about but my son is very vehicle aware.  His first favorite car was the Ford Mustang.  Lately he's fascinated with Corvettes.  I have taken him to several cruise-ins and we have looked at a lot of cars. 
  Today, after about four of those "is your car more expensive than that one," we were next to a pick up truck that must have been a dozen years old.  My son says dad, that truck is more expensive than yours. 
  That's when I asked him what expensive means.  He says that means a car is fast.  I laughed out loud.  Just because your little uses a word correctly in a sentence isn't proof they know what it means.  Great memory for me.

 

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COIN TOSS-MAYOR

LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Usually, one flips a coin to determine things like who gets the ball first in a football game or who gets first dibs at the last slice of pie or something. But to settle an election? That's what happened in a small town high in the Peruvian Andes. Two candidates tied at the ballot box -- with each getting 236 votes in the municipal election. Peru's electoral law allows tie races to be decided by a coin toss. So the coin was tossed. And the winner -- Wilber Medina. His rival says he's cool with the results. It isn't known whether heads or tails carried the day -- and the election.

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SOMERSWORTH, N.H. (AP) -- It started as a potential case of pilfered pumpkins. But it turned out to be a windfall for a group of pigs. Foster's Daily Democrat in Somersworth, New Hampshire reports hundreds of pumpkins were reported stolen earlier week. The gourds had been set aside behind a school to be sold this weekend at a craft fair. The investigation didn't get far. Turns out a farmer spotted the pumpkins and asked a school worker if he could take them to feed his pigs. The school employee didn't know the pumpkins were being saved -- and the farmer took them. Police say the only ones that turned out happy in the whole episode -- are the hogs.

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- When the fireworks burst in the air tomorrow night over Springfield, Missouri -- it won't be the Fourth of July -- but the last of James Carver. A Missouri funeral director will be bidding farewell to his dad -- by having his cremated remains mixed with fireworks -- and launched into the sky. Carver's father is the first to try the program by Greenlawn Funeral Homes. His son Jim is the funeral director -- and says the eight-minute fireworks display will be followed by a cookout and memorial celebration.

 
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